We sat down with Navah Berg, the Social VR trend setter who is combining her social media powers with virtual reality, and asked some rapid-fire questions about all things business, pleasure and virtual.
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I guess I’d have to rewind to the 80s when my dad was building computers in our basement in Cleveland, Ohio. None of my friends had a computer, yet my sister was finding friends in AOL chats as a means to cope with some tough obstacles in her middle school life.
I was trying to connect with my dad, who was an Auschwitz survivor and understand his ambition, so I would observe him for hours on end and stay down there helping him out and playing the video game Spy Hunter (my controller was a keyboard space bar!)
Both of my parents were from Europe, so they didn’t always understand the day-to-day activities that came with a typical all-American childhood. Sure, I played outside, went to the mall, hung out at the local movie theatre, etc but I was always fascinated by technology and the emergence of computers.
Even for birthdays or holidays, I wouldn’t get clothes (even though I wanted it), my mom would buy me the newest tech trend! It amazes me to reflect on this time and now realize that digital/social/mobile has become the forefront of our daily lives from the minute we wake up to the second we call it a night each and every day.
The first time I read about Social VR was in a Vanity Fair’s October 2015 issue at a nail salon. Since I work in social media marketing (especially Facebook) 24/7, I was obviously intrigued and eager to know the future vision of the industry. But what caught my eye and made me continue reading was the super secret South Florida startup in my backyard, Magic Leap. After reading the article three times, I was sold on VR and began telling my social circle “this is the next big thing” in the future of connections and communication.
Connecting with other women in AR/VR through Facebook Spaces, and then meeting them IRL and staying in a house with them in OC5. We have a special bond because we met in social VR first. Then taking it a step further we were all invited to go to FB Spaces HQ during Oculus Connect 5. We were kids in a candy store.
“If you always do what you’ve always done. You’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
I try to connect with others in social VR and share their story. Along with supporting other women and men in VR creating art or making a change in the industry.
My Social VR Life
Transporting into immersive art in Social VR with Jessika Raisor?in #Quill via Facebook Spaces!www.facebook.com
I’ve had many footprints in my career where people have pushed me and inspired me. Starting with my mentor, Sandy Volsky, in Ohio. He was like a dad to me. Always telling me to live to my potential.
He would always say, “if you throw enough mud on the ceiling something’s going to stick.”
You! Mrs. Lisa Buyer, we have been through a lot of changes in the industry and the one thing (actually there are many) that I do now that I never did before was “Navah, invest yourself. Go to 1–2 conferences a year. Learn and connect with others.”
Mixed Reality Marketing Summit Prep
I have been known to be frugal as a freelancer because I never know when I’ll have another job or how much I’ll bring in so I try to stay safe. But, with Lisa’s voice in the back of my head, I have been able to take the plunge and go to many conferences. One of which was Facebook F8 — it is one that sticks out because it confirmed to me that social VR is the future of social media. It opened the door to many possibilities and to finally take the plunge to purchase an Oculus Rift.
Believe in yourself. Find people around you that will believe in you too. In this always-on world you need people on your team, but also be on their team too. Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
Yesterday’s History, Tomorrow’s a Mystery. Today is a Gift…that’s why we call it the “present.”
Yesterday can be hard when you look back, but it’s over – there is nothing you can do but be in the now to make it better. Tomorrow is an energy sucker, you can plan, but remember life has a way of making its own plans.
Just focus on the now, it will help clear up space in your head for a better today.
His creativity (did you see his tweets before the launch of Magic Leap? Check it out above), his resume of building the unknown and inspiring others to help him build magic is absolutely mind-blowing! He created robotic arms for surgery. Hello world, how could we have not believed this brilliant guy (from Cleveland!) would create a new augmented world called Magicverse. He is the oracle of our time. I have so many questions for him, I think I would need a full weekend.
I can make jean jackets from the 80s/90s.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
In businesses for training, in everyone’s home entertaining and connecting/feeling presence people from all around the world.
In addition to Rony Abovitz,
Lisa Kotecki — I love how she inspires Facebook Spaces Community to be creative and out of the box and she really takes the time to get to know her audience.
Lisa Buyer —My social PR secret — Lisa is the only person in the world that knows how to help me with balance and introduced me to Meditation.
Iva Leon — OG of VR — she is so inclusive and inspires her AR/VR women community to share their experiences.
Skinny Vanilla Latte with an extra shot of espresso with only 2 pumps of Vanilla:)
Organizing. Reorganizing. Filing. Anything that clears up the clutter!
Tara Gustman, my dear friend who found out earlier in the year she had breast cancer. She turned it into building a community and inspiring others by leading others in the same experience as hers to have positivity during a very crazy, emotional time.
The list could go on…
This post by Lisa Buyer originally published on Medium’s Authority Magazine, a publication by Yitzi Weiner.